The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by William Goldman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 1, 2007 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure is rated 3.86666666666667 out of 5 by 15.
William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests-for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love-that's thrilling and timeless. Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible-inconceivable, even-to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an 'abridged' retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to 'Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.'

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 512 pages, 6.28 × 7.34 × 1.38 in

Published: October 1, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156035219

ISBN - 13: 9780156035217

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining, a very different way of writing! Enjoyed the princess bride story. Was not a fan of the additional story about how he abridged the original. Thought is was very unnecessary and annoying. I really don't care about the why he did what he did etc... took away from the story Imo.
Date published: 2015-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie The movie "The Princess Bride" is one of my top 5 favourite movies. The book is ten times better! Although very different in some beloved ways the movie is portrayed, we get to understand how the characters came to be... how Fezzik is the strongest, how Inigo trained to be a fencing wizard, how Buttercup is the most beautiful woman, how Westley endured his torture. My dad just finished reading the book to my sister and me... it is my favorite book of all time!
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Comment In kindle this book is free. Why at here it is so so expensive. Although this book is really great ,excellent.
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inconceivable Just like the movie. Thoroughly enjoyable read!
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring To much description the movie is better disappointed I didn't enjoy it
Date published: 2014-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun read Great book. I heard the reading of the 6th chapter on a local radio station and decided to buy it.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was ok Not sure that I like abridged books. Was an interesting read considering I love the movie.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Goldman's work on my blog at: http://8bookcases.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-princess-bride-by-william-goldman.html
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from the movie is much better than the book The “Princess” is Buttercup, a beautiful young girl who lives with her parents on a farm in the fictitious country of Florin, where old Lotharon and Bella are King and Queen. She falls in love with her family’s “Farm Boy” named Westley, who also adores her. He then leaves to seek his fortune in America so they can marry, but she later receives word that his ship is attacked at sea by the Dread Pirate Roberts and assumes that Westley is dead. After several years, Buttercup agrees to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck, the heir to the throne of Florin. But before the wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by a trio of outlaws, the Sicilian criminal genius Vizzini, the Spanish fencing master Inigo Montoya, and the giant Turkish wrestler Fezzik. However, a masked “Man in Black” follows them up the Cliffs of Insanity. In the ensuing battles, Inigo and Fezzik are defeated and Vizzini is killed. But why was Buttercup kidnapped in the first place? Who is this mysterious “Man in Black” and what are his plans? And will the Prince ever find Buttercup to marry her? This fantasy novel, combining elements of comedy, adventure, romance, satire, and fairy tale, is said to be a spoof of swashbuckler movies. Author William Goldman is primarily a Hollywood screenwriter who is best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men. Several years ago, some friends of ours brought us the 1987 film by Rob Reiner that is based on the book, and except for one little scene through which they fast forwarded, I think because of the language, we enjoyed the movie, and I have always wanted to read the book. The plot of the novel is sometimes a little confusing with all the flashbacks, sub-plots, and Goldman's "commentary" asides. In this respect, the movie is perhaps a little easier to understand than the book because the former follows the action more directly. It would appear that Goldman is a much better screenwriter than he is a novelist. The Princess Bride is presented as Goldman's abridgment of an older version by "S. Morgenstern", which was originally supposed to be a satire of the excesses of European royalty but is in fact entirely Goldman's work. Both Morgenstern and the "original version" are fictional and used as a literary device. Goldman's personal life, as described in the introduction and commentary of the novel, is also fictional. The basic theme of the book seems to be that “life isn’t fair,” and the narrative sometimes tends towards “absurdism,” a form of literature which has never really interested me. There is a great deal of bad language in the book, more than I remember in the film, with cursing (the “h” and “d” words appear occasionally), profanity (the terms God and Jesus are frequently used as interjections), and assorted crudities (such as calling someone an a**hole and a “son of a b****, as well as even using the “s” word once—by a kid, no less). I guess that it doesn’t surprise me that a modern Hollywood screenwriter would do this and somehow consider his work as “a traditional piece of children’s literature.” Uh, I’m sorry, but I cannot recommend the book for children. In addition to the language, there are scenes of heavy drinking and drunkenness, and at least a couple of threats of suicide. Children can read about how “life isn’t fair” without all that baggage. The latest edition also contains the purported abridgement of the first chapter of the sequel, Buttercup’s Baby. At the end are some “Questions and topics for discussion,” but honestly, even though there is an interesting story hidden in there somewhere, I really don’t see anything that is actually worth discussing.
Date published: 2012-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inconceivable I always say books are better then the movie, this one is no different. William Goldman had me laughing all the way through. I even totally bought into the S. Morgenstern back story, the writing made it all so real.
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bookshelf Review The Princess Bride is a fantasy book about love, princesses, princes, pirates, giants, fighting and more. The author, William Goldman, had taken the original book (by Florinese author, Morgenstern) and edited out all of the "boring parts". Throughout the book he comments on which parts he is skipping. I thought Goldman's comments were irritating but the story was very well written. It was easy to read and faced paced with lots of action, romance, and humour.
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good I had to read this in grade 9 for a novel study and I actually kind of liked it. It is a classic and is really different and very enjoyable. I would recommend picking it up at the library since it is the kind of thing I wouldn't read over and over again.
Date published: 2010-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A funny, entertaining read I was apprehensive about reading this novel, but it turned out to be very entertaining. Some parts had me laughing out loud, and the story flows fairly easily from one part to the next. Goldman's writing took a few pages to get fully used to, but once the novel gets going it's all good. Very good novel and I'm glad that I read it.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read It!!!! This is an exceptional book. The movie is great, but the book is better. It includes all the parts of the story the movie makers were forced to cut out due to time and budget constraints. For example more back story on Westley, Buttercup, Fezzik and Inigo. Also the one part that Goldman desperately wanted to include but couldn't.... the Zoo of Death. Definately worth buying to read again and again and again.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's abridged, but it's not! I've always loved this movie, since I was a little kid. I was astonished to learn that it was actually based on a real book! "S. Morgenstern" is a completely fictional character in Goldman's imagination. Goldman supposedly found a manuscript for the book "The Princess Bride," but it contained pages and pages of garbage... for example, ramblings of the many hats and accessories of Buttercup's rich and spoiled Mother. Goldman writes his own text in one colour, while leaving the original author's words in another. Of course, in reality, the whole thing is written by Goldman, but it's a fabulous gimmick. It lets him slip in details or skim over portions of history by claiming to be doing us a favour cutting out all this boring detail and digressions of an aging author.
Date published: 2008-01-05

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by William Goldman

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 512 pages, 6.28 × 7.34 × 1.38 in

Published: October 1, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156035219

ISBN - 13: 9780156035217

Read from the Book

ONE The Bride The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette. Annette worked in Paris for the Duke and Duchess de Guiche, and it did not escape the Duke’s notice that someone extraordinary was polishing the pewter. The Duke’s notice did not escape the notice of the Duchess either, who was not very beautiful and not very rich, but plenty smart. The Duchess set about studying Annette and shortly found her adversary’s tragic flaw.            Chocolate.            Armed now, the Duchess set to work. The Palace de Guiche turned into a candy castle. Everywhere you looked, bonbons. There were piles of chocolate-covered mints in the drawing rooms, baskets of chocolate-covered nougats in the parlors.            Annette never had a chance. Inside a season, she went from delicate to whopping, and the Duke never glanced in her direction without sad bewilderment clouding his eyes. (Annette, it might be noted, seemed only cheerier throughout her enlargement. She eventually married the pastry chef and they both ate a lot until old age claimed them. Things, it might also be noted, did not fare so cheerily for the Duchess. The Duke, for reasons passing understanding, next became smitten with his very own mother-in-law, which caused the Duchess ulcers, only they didn’t have ulcers yet. More precisely, ulcers existed, people had them, but they weren’t called “ulcers.” The medical profession at that time called them “stomach pains
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Table of Contents

Contents
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Introduction to the 30th Anniversary Edition  vii
 
Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition  xxxi
 
The Princess Bride  1
 
Buttercup’s Baby: An Explanation  359
 
Buttercup’s Baby, Chapter One: Fezzik Dies  389
 
Reading Group Guide  451

From the Publisher

William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests-for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love-that's thrilling and timeless. Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible-inconceivable, even-to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an 'abridged' retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to 'Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.'

About the Author

WILLIAM GOLDMAN has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men ), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE PRINCESS BRIDE
 
"[Goldman's] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
 
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times